Posted by: devonellington | July 1, 2015

Mid-Year Assessment

GDR Mid-Year Reassessment — July 1, 2015

Before I go into wrapping up June and looking forward to July, it’s time to take some time to reassess the first part of 2015.

Much of it, I can’t do publicly right now. Safe to say, there are a lot of transitions going on. I’d hoped to do them in an orderly fashion, one at a time, sort one thing, move on to the next.


Since they feed into each other, it makes sense.

The most important thing to do is remain true to who I am and what I’m supposed to be doing, and to do so that supports the writing. If it doesn’t support the writing, it has to go.

So, looking back over the questions and answers from January:

Looking back at 2014 was discussed at length. Hopefully, I’ve learned from what didn’t work , and will build on that instead of getting stuck in patterns that don’t work.

I’m getting back on track, but I’m not there yet. There are several puzzle pieces that I’m working on, and until I can get them in place, I won’t be fully on the “right” track. The track I’m on WAS right when I first walked it; it is no longer.

As far as fulfillment — I’m working on it more mindfully. On days the writing goes well, I feel wonderful, and able to cope with whatever else comes my way. On days when the writing does not go well, I struggle. When I KNOW what interferes with the writing and can’t shake it off to create a good writing day, I get angry with myself, and that is energy best used elsewhere. I’m working on a wide variety of creative projects, and I’ve cut the time and the amount of editing clients I take on, which makes me much happier. I have a single private student now, and don’t plan to take on any more for a good while, although I will still teach a couple of in-person workshops (not online, not right now — too frustrating).

I’m doing other things I enjoy, just for me, such as tango and yoga and my work with the Marine Life Center.

For goals:
I am determined to have three novels, two plays, and a screenplay drafted this year. I have one novel on contract that will be done soon, and I’m not sure which two of the other WIPS will be done, but three is still realistic. Two plays will definitely be done (in the next few weeks — the contemporary and the historical). I also wrote one radio play so far, and have another on the docket. Screenplay — I have a one hour television pilot on the docket, but, after researching the background for how I thought I wanted to do it, I need to restructure some of it. It’s still possible, but I’m not sure if it will be the pilot, or if I’ll go back to one of the other screenplays I have in outline.

I entered a screenplay contest with a half hour pilot. I didn’t win, but I got some worthwhile feedback. I hope to carve out some time in the late fall and winter to go over what’s on my roster, make appropriate rewrites, and get them all out.

I have not gotten back into sewing, although I need to this month, if I want something to wear to the Mermaid Ball! 😉

The other goals I couldn’t mention publicly — I’m working on them and can’t yet share them.

Same with the dreams, although I’m formulating ways to manifest them. I’m a little behind where I’d like to be on them, but it’s more of a case of they’ll happen (with action) when it’s the right time for them, rather than me forcing them or just sitting around twiddling my thumbs.

With the resolutions, I still don’t have enough physical activity into the mix, although I have deepened the yoga practice. I’m lax about the weight training, and that’s important to add back in. I started tango, which I enjoy, so that’s another form of physical activity.

The garden’s in good shape. I’m photographing it more faithfully this year, but haven’t keep up the written (or blogged) journals as well as I should. I’m more on top of the yard work, but still feel like I’m always behind.

I’m working on the reorganizing. I got the desk of my dreams free on Craigslist a few weeks ago, and having a separate place for longhand and computer work is great. I’m rearranging the office, and then tackling the basement. Don’t have more bookcases yet, but constantly search craigslist and yard sales for the right ones.

The one, three, and five year plans mentioned in January are still relevant. I feel I’m in a much better place now than I was in January. While there’s still a lot up in the air, and many decisions to make in the next few months, I feel more able to cope with them.

I hope your half-year reassessment satisfies you, too. Remember, these plans are living entities, and can change as we grow and change. They are roadmaps, not prisons.

Tomorrow, I’ll wrap up June and set out my list for July!




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